Jermuk R11: Hou Yifan loses final game, wins Grand Prix

7/29/2012 – In the final round of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix the reigning women's world champion Hou Yifan lost her game against the Ukrainian GM Kateryna Lahno, but managed to retain her lead after her nearest rivals Ju Wenjun and Ruan Lufei both also lost their games. Nadezhda Kosintseva and Katya Lahno finished half a point behind. Final report with game annotations.

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From July 16 to 29, 2012 the southern Armenian hamlet of Jermuk played host to the Fifth FIDE Women's Grand Prix, part of a series of elite events organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be six tournaments over two years in various countries around the world. The winner of each tournament takes home 6,500 Euros, the total prize fund is 40,000 Euros. The overall winner will get a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series.

Round eleven: Saturday July 27, 2012 at 15:00h
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
1-0
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
1-0
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
1-0
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
0-1
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598


IMs Lilit Mkrtchian and Nino Khurtsidze discuss their game (which Lilit won)

The first game to finish was an attractive game between Mkrtchian and Khurtsidze. White didn’t get much out of the relatively quiet opening, however in the middlegame, Mkrtchian launched a kingside attack pushing her f and g-pawns. Under this pressure, Black stumbled which allowed White to complete a decisive attack.

A tense affair was seen in the clash between Ju Wenjun and Humpy Koneru. The opening led to a balanced position, White pressed forward in a risky, and even inaccurate, fashion. Black was up to the task, addressing first the neutralization of White’s threats, and then, making use of her positional advantage, won the game in an elegant manner.

White scored an impressive victory in the game between IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (left) and GM Zhao Xue, discussing their game with Aghasi Inants. While Black was able to exit the opening phase without problems, in the middlegame the two sides began a series of sharp moves resulting in a fluctuating assessment of the position on the board. Despite the difficult-to-gauge nature of the position, it was White who demonstrated a better reaction to the dynamics at hand. At a critical stage, Black blundered and White made no mistake in benefiting from the opportunity.

Kateryna Lahno vs Hou Yifan saw the Ukrainian come out on top after a subtle game against the reigning world champion. The opponents assayed a rare variation in which White had very little advantage. As Black eschewed a choosing passive defensive setup, she sacrificed a pawn for activity. In the subsequent maneuvering phase, Black made some imprecise moves and White was able to nurse the advantage to victory in this important clash.

The encounter between Nadezhda Kosintseva (left) and Ruan Lufei started out as a quiet affair. In fact, the middlegame continued in the same vein, with equality dominating the chessboard. At a certain point in the struggle, Black had to play a simple move to maintain the parity, but instead in time trouble made a fatal mistake.

A wild ending was seen in the game between Batkhuyag Munguntuul (above) and Elina Danielian, where the Mongolian participant was seeking her first win. White embarked on a relatively rare variation in the opening, but Black was able to parry White’s ideas and achieve a balanced position. In the next phase of the game, however, Black played a bit indecisively and White had an opportunity to leap ahead with a big advantage, but missed this chance.

Summary commentary of the round

This analysis is porovided by Aghasi Inants in Armenian and translated into English by and Aram Hajian.

Final standings (after eleven rounds)


Closing dinner for the players: Batkhuyag, Khurtsidze, Kovalevskaya, Kosintseva, Lahno, Danielian


... Humpy, Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun and Ruan Lufei


The winner, Women's World Champion Hou Yifan...


... posing with her check and runners up Nadezhda Kosintseva and Kateryna Lahno

Photos by Arman Karakhanyan


Schedule and results

Round one: Tuesday July 17, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
1-0
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
Round two: Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
0-1
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
0-1
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
0-1
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
1-0
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
Round three: Thursday July 19, 2012 at 15:00h
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
1-0
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
1-0
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
1-0
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
Round four: Friday July 20, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
1-0
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
1-0
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
½-½
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
½-½
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
Round five: Saturday July 21, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
½-½
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
0-1
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
Round six: Sunday July 22, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
0-1
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
Round seven: Tuesday July 23, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
½-½
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
½-½
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
0-1
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
1-0
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
Round eight: Wednesday July 24, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
1-0
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
½-½
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
0-1
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
1-0
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
Round nine: Thursday July 25, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
1-0
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
0-1
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
1-0
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
½-½
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
½-½
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
Round ten: Friday July 26, 2012 at 15:00h
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
1-0
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
1-0
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
½-½
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
½-½
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
½-½
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
Round eleven: Saturday July 27, 2012 at 15:00h
IM
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417
1-0
GM
Zhao Xue 2556
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516
1-0
WGM
Ruan Lufei 2483
GM
Lahno Kateryna 2537
1-0
GM
Hou Yifan 2617
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447
½-½
GM
Danielian Elina 2480
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2450
1-0
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2456
WGM
Ju Wenjun 2518
0-1
GM
Koneru Humpy 2598

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